Disability Services

Lasell College is committed to helping students achieve academic and personal success, both in and out of the classroom environment. The mission of the Office of Disability Services is to assist all students, including individuals with disabilities, to fully access the academic, residential and social aspects of student life at Lasell College.

How do I access disability support at Lasell College? Who should I talk to?

If you are a student with a documented disability as determined under the ADA and as defined in Chapter 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, you may benefit from certain accommodations. For more information about the process of requesting and accessing appropriate and reasonable accommodations, please take a look at the following options:

How to Request Academic Accommodations at Lasell College
Contact: Dolores Radlo, Director of the Academic Achievement Center & Learning Disabilities Services at dradlo@lasell.edu, 617-243-2474

How to Request Housing Accommodations at Lasell College
Contact: Scott Lamphere, Director of Disabilities Services and Coordinator of Student Conduct at slamphere@lasell.edu, 617-243-2115

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the College provides accommodations for eligible students with documented disabilities to afford equal access to educational programs and services in order to help students fully access the academic, residential and social aspects of the student experience.

What is Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal funds.  Section 504 (as amended, 29 U.S.C. 794) states: “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. According to this law, disability is defined as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.”

Who at Lasell College will know about my disability if I choose to disclose?

It is the individual student’s responsibility to formally disclose a disability to the Institution and to follow the appropriate process to request and access accommodations as needed. Lasell College recognizes the right of the student to determine who receives disability-related information as well as the right to confidentiality. Upon review and determination of appropriate academic accommodations the student is responsible for follow-up with his/her individual faculty member(s). Lasell College ensures FERPA compliance, and therefore all documentation submitted to Disability Services will remain confidential.

References:
U.S. Department of Education (DOE): http://www.ed.gov/  
U.S. Office for Civil Rights (OCR): http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/  

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